Creativity flourishes in the aftermath of a rebirth. Propelled by the promise and potential of a clean slate together, Capture came to life during 2018. The formation represents the union of three singular talents whose own roads twisted and turned to reach this point.
Frontman Jeff Wellfare led Australia’s Capture The Crown to critical acclaim from the likes of Alternative Press and Revolver and over 30 million cumulative streams over the course of Til Death  and Reign of Terror  and hits such as the viral “You Call That a Knife? This is a Knife!” Drummer Manny Dominick not only formed the band Ghost Town in 2012, but has performed with everyone from Kid Cudi and Wiz Khalifa to Ashlee Simpson.
Meanwhile, bassist Erik Vaughn Weatherford formed Oh, Manhattan in 2013 before going on to tour in various other acts.The trio united to reboot modern rock with the right amount of metallic intensity, electronic depth, and choral warmth on their 2019 debut, Lost Control [ADA/Warner].
“All three of us are from entirely different backgrounds, yet this album brought us together for a new chapter,” says Erik. “We’ve got a relatable story to tell.”
“The idea was todo something completely different,” explains Jeff. “We wanted to test ourselves, experiment, and push the envelope. We came out with this roller coaster of a record that has something for everyone. This is a fresh sound. It’s a fresh start, full stop.”The “fresh start” encompassed major musical strides. The musicians unlocked an elusive nexus between metal and melody equally influenced by everything from Linkin Park to Slowdive and Coldplay.
In order to bottle this energy, they entered a Portland studio alongside producer Kris Crummett [Sleeping With Sirens, Issues, Dance Gavin Dance] and emerged with the twelve tracks comprising Lost Control. The sonics expanded over the course the process. They incorporated analog synths throughout the fabric of the record in addition to inviting a twelve-person choir to “body the album and make it feel full” during “High,” “Lost Control,” “Is This (Love),” and teaser track “The Lake.” The title spoke to a shared experience.“Lost Control compliments the chaos surrounding all of us,” the front-man continues.
“You often don’t have control—except within your art.”Capture take the reins of their destiny on the 2019 single “No Cure.” The song immediately snaps into a double bass gallop punctuated by nimble thrashed-out riffing and Jeff’s seismic chant, “You’d better pray for yourself, because there’s nobody else.” A harrowing cinematic video accompanies the song, weaving a captivating cultish narrative.“It might seem so in-your-face lyrically, but it’s incredibly metaphorical,” Jeffadmits.
“You can read into it—or not. We wanted to leave it up for interpretation.”“We’re really bringing different things together,” adds Manny. ““We’re bridging the gap between different genres, keeping the integrity of a heavy background but infusing pop elements, bright choruses and synths. These songs prove it.”Elsewhere, “Alive” unfolds from hypnotic verses into an instantly unshakable chorus under strains of distorted guitar and shuddering piano keys. As Jeff puts it, “‘Alive’ gives the album a softer and anthemic start with a lot of dynamics. It’s the beginning of the journey.”
Sonny Sandoval drops a knockout cameo on “High,” and Earth Caller’s Josh Collard lends his scream to “Dead Hollywood.” Everything culminates on the punked-up barrage of “This One’s for You,” which hinges on a guttural gang vocal and delivers “a crowd please for everyone to sing along to.” In the end, everyone will be singing along to Capture.“We’d just love for people to relate,” Jeffleaves off. “We’ve got something very special between us, and we can’t wait to share it.”